Local changemakers are closest to local problems and best suited to designing and delivering local solutions. This is why we expect local members to lead local action focusing on what the community considers most important and most urgent.
Changemakers acting as a global community are able to accelerate impact by inspiring each others’ bold action, spreading best practices, and volunteering supportive time and talent across teams and countries.
Projects come in all shapes and sizes, but they all are run by teams assembled to solve critical issues and drive real impact. Everyday World Meritors are launching, growing, and leading projects that achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their communities
Challenges are initiated by a sponsor or by a project team. Teams or members are asked to step forward to carry out an action within a given period of time and compete for the highest impact. Challenges are simple ways to simultaneously undertake impact activity regionally or globally.
Events bring together World Merit members to learn, share, and be inspired. World class speakers and personalities attend World Merit events, as do senior executives from business and government.
Enabling Local Action
Any World Merit member, or team of members, can use the Project Tools suite developed by World Merit Limited. The tool suite assists the teams in planning, recruiting, communicating, managing, tracking, and reporting.
Global Action Impact Accelerator (GAIA)
GAIA is World Merit’s premier accelerator. Our online, three-month, intensive supercharges local efforts with world-class resources, grants, critical skills trainings, leadership coaching, and social enterprise mentorship. GAIA kicked off with our first cohort of 50 leaders from five countries on January 4th, 2021, followed by a second cohort completed in November 2021. Three or more cohorts are planned for 2022
Global Task Force (GTF)
The World Merit Global Task Force is a international community of professionals that volunteer their time or skills to support World Merit projects. For example, in response to Covid-19 in 2020/21 the Global Task Force provided more than 1000 hours of professional service in 20 countries. Typical GTF activities are around communications, partnering, recruiting, and sharing of plans and resources.
Global Support Teams
Once a project spreads across multiple locations, World Merit asks interested members and professionals to volunteer their time or skills to the project. Additionally, some of the local participants are asked to become members of the GTF to share their experience. Typical GTF activities are around communications, partnering, recruiting, and sharing of plans and resources.GST members help new groups join the project, quickly pick up what has been learned, and reduce their time-to-impact.
Members learn just-in-time skills aimed at advancing their impact, from promotion to recruiting to project management. The Action University is in development and will launch its first programs in 2022.
The Action Archive is a repository of plans, best practices, and learnings from past projects, events, and challenges, provided from across the global community (under construction).
Support the World Merit Community
Sponsor a Challenge
Work with the World Merit team to create a challenge that meets your passion for impact. Create and define a challenge and sponsor prizes such as internships and grants. Challenges ask for and reward participation and competition among teams for the greatest impact over a fixed period, generally four to six months.
Financially Support Action
Donations are most useful when left undesignated, for the general fund. These funds are applied to the areas of most need, including technical and organizational staff and intern stipends. Donations can also be sent to a project requesting qrant support, or more generally to advance a particular SDG or to support actions in a geographic region.
Mentor, Teach, Judge
General advice and skill support is often sought from qualified mentors, who contribute their experience and skills. Members who want to build their skills seek out skill-building classes at the Action University. Teachers are welcome to create, teach, and record short or long classes virtually. Competitions within sponsored challenges and in the GAIA accelerator require judging, and judges are needed constantly.
Rizzo is Vice President of World Merit Malaysia and one of four IT developers behind Malaysia’s national Covid-19 Track and Trace Technology. Rizzo’s work for the country has helped to effectively allocated millions of dollars of public funding.
Natal Cares combines mobile technology, machine learning and low-cost innovation to combat maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria. They provide support to nearly 30 local health centers in rural Nigeria and reached 1,000s of nursing and pregnant mothers in Nigeria.